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I had the honor and privilege back on July 16th to see the President of the United States, Barack Obama speak live at the PNC Bank Arts Center at a rally for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine.

It was hot, it was humid, but the crowd was alive and well. I got to the Arts Center with a ticket for the overflow area, but had obvious intentions to move into the main area. So my first job was to get normal tickets.

So I talked to 5 security guards, the last of which told me to go to the box office. And lo and behold, there was a guy handing out tickets at the box office. I was in.

My next step was to get onto the security line, which was about 25 minutes long. It was hot, it was humid, and a lot of people who were overdressed were having issues. But they trudged on. Once we got to the front of the security line it was airport-like security, with the exception that you didn’t have to take off your shoes. I got through that and I was officially in.

I needed to buy a new water (they took mine at security) so I bought one and staked out my spot on the left side of the lawn. Making friends with the people around me helped pass the time, and soon enough we had our first speaker — some campaign worker who started the rally off yelling and screaming to get the crowd applauding. Actually, before then, a DJ, named DJ Rainbow, spun old and new tunes to keep us happy and excited during the heat and the wait.

Next a choir sung, a wait ensued, and soon Governor Corzine trotted out….and it soon sounded like the 2008 campaign again. Linking New Jersey’s problems with President Bush he ranted and ranted and ranted…and no one really listened. That isn’t surprising considering his approval ratings and recent poll numbers. They were all here to see one man, President Obama.

He came out to thunderous applause and a prolonged standing ovation. The heat soon resulted in a call to Reggie Love and a removal of the suit jacket. The speech focused on health care, the topic of the week. But my getting some food in me soon became my focus.

Before the speech, during the waiting period, I had gone to get Carvel ice cream and was told “No, I can’t sell right now…Secret Service regulation.” I responded by saying it’s 90 degrees and you can’t serve ice cream? “Secret Service regulation.” Whatever the real reason might have been, I had my first occurrence of an odd Secret Service directive in my life.

So halfway through Obama’s speech I went, got my ice cream, walked back to the back of the lawn and took the whole scene in. The President did what made him so popular — getting the crowd going nuts and getting people excited for what he was talking about. The speech soon ended, people soon cooled off and became comfortable again, but no matter what your political views are, everyone went home home saying they saw the President of the United States of America.

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Obama Becomes President Part 2

Land of Hope and Dreams by Bruce Springsteen

“Grab your ticket and your suitcase
Thunder’s rolling down the tracks
You don’t know where you’re goin’
But you know you won’t be back
Darlin’ if you’re weary
Lay your head upon my chest
We’ll take what we can carry
And we’ll leave the rest

Big Wheels rolling through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

I will provide for you
And I’ll stand by your side
You’ll need a good companion for
This part of the ride
Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there’ll be sunshine
And all this darkness past

Big wheels roll through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

This train
Carries saints and sinners
This train
Carries losers and winners
This Train
Carries whores and gamblers
This Train
Carries lost souls
This Train
Dreams will not be thwarted
This Train
Faith will be rewarded
This Train
Hear the steel wheels singin’
This Train
Bells of freedom ringin’
This Train
Carries broken-hearted
This Train
Thieves and sweet souls departed
This Train
Carries fools and kings
This Train
All aboard

This Train
Dreams will not be thwarted
This Train
Faith will be rewarded
This Train
Hear the steel wheels singin’
This Train
Bells of freedom ringin'”

These lyrics speak of people of all kinds, positive and negative related, coming together on a “train” to be taken to a great land of good, a Land of Hope and Dreams. Last night Barack Obama got voted in to be the 44th President of the United States by all kinds of people: all different races, ethnicities, genders, religions, ages, education levels, and so on and so on. United in their efforts.

This nation has many problems: economic, military, health care and so many more. For many Americans they would seem too vast and too hard to take on. But throughout this campaign Barack Obama seemed like he was THE one who could take it all on and bring the changes America needs. And America told him yes, we believe you.

Taking us to the Land of Hope and Dreams will be hard, but we must have faith in Obama. Because if we don’t, we will let the issues ahead of us win, and no one wants to see that happen. Right?

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Obama Becomes President

Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States of America tonight. America clearly wants change, clearly wants to go away from the past 8 years, away from the Bush years and policies, and wants change. Yes, change.

All ethnicities, races, genders, age blocs, education levels — the list goes on and on — a good portion of all that make up America have united and come together to elect the first African-American to the Presidency and the White House. It is a great new day in America — no matter who you voted for. America moved past its horrid racist past, and has made a step to move forward.

It won’t be easy — our problems are very vast and complex — but we took a very important first step tonight.

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Decision 2008

I have stayed away from politics on this blog. It’s decisive and I try to stay away from it both here and on my radio show. Some will probably look at this post and make conclusions on how I vote. If you want to, be my guest. However, this is my guess for the Electoral College tonight:

Obama 338
McCain 200

Watch wherever you want. I hope you voted. I recommend NBC News. (I’m forced to link to MSNBC’s website but I’m referring to who you’ll see on the NBC Broadcasting Network, not MSNBC.) They are truly the best with Brian, Tom, Chuck, and everyone else. Rock the house. Rock the vote.

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Setting Up a Sunday

On a day when Mitt Romney wins Nevada, Hillary Clinton wins Nevada, and John McCain wins South Carolina, we now get to shift our attention to a great sports Sunday.

Of course there are the two championship games that I previewed yesterday. The coverage starts in 2pm in High-Definition Tellyvision (sorry, Bruce snuck in there again — if you’re confused go watch 10th Avenue Freeze-out from the Reunion Tour) on CBS with The NFL Today followed by Chargers-Pats followed by the NFC Championship game on FOX with Giants-Packers.

I’d like to call your attention though to another HD event tomorrow. The final round of the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Hosted by George Lopez on the Golf Channel starting at Live at 4pm ET/1pm PT. Justin Leonard, winner of the 1997 British Open (which a lot of people have completely forgot about), was one of those buoyed by the Fall Series, winning for the first time in years at last year’s Valero Texas Open.

He has a 4 shot lead at -23 over relative no-names and/or newcomers: D.J. Trahan (young and hits it long), Robert Gamez (old and forgotten about), Anthony Kim (young sophomore on tour), and Kenny Perry (almost 50 but still a very solid player and hits the ball a mile).

This outcome should be interesting. Enjoy your Sunday.

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Why?

Why? The eternal question that seems to have no answers. Why me? Does everything happen for a reason? — Why does everything happen for a reason?

These questions examine our very existence, our purpose, our mission. We must look inside of ourselves to search for answers that will better our lives.

It is an eternal quest — a never ending quest — but if we can search and find those answers, maybe, just maybe, we can help the world, and help ourselves become better. The world in 2008 is a dark place, filled with war, famine and strife. Yet it is a place of hope.

If you live in Nevada or South Carolina, go caucus and vote in your primary today, respectively. Go make a difference. Go register to vote if you haven’t so you can make a difference in our nation. If you’re one of the 23 states that have primaries or caucuses on SuperDuper Tuesday (no I didn’t make up the name), on February 5th, go take part.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE, PEOPLE!

Read this song’s lyrics, New Hymn by James Taylor. Contemplate them, think about them, and use them in your life, to make this country, the place where we all want our children (future or present) to grow up in:

Source of all we hope or dread
Sheepdog, jackyl, rattler, swan
We hunt your face and long to trust
That your hid mouth will say again let there be light
A clear new day

But when we thirst in this dry night
We drink from hot wells poisoned with the blood of children
And when we strain to hear a steady homing beam
Our ears are balked by stiffled moans
And howls of desolation from the throats of sisters, brother, wild men
Clawing at the gates for bread

Even our own feeble hands�
Aim to seize the crown you wear
And work our private havock through
The known and unknown lands of space

Absolute in flame beyond us
Seed and source of Dark and Day
Maker whom we beg to be
Our mother father comrade mate

Til our few atoms blow to dust
Or form again in wiser lives
Or find your face and hear our name
In your calm voice the end of night
If dark may end
Wellspring gold of Dark and Day
Be here, be now.

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On a night where Mitt Romney helped his political stock by winning the Michigan Republican Primary, and we wonder whose campaigns might be cut from ballots across the nation soon, I want to enlighten everyone to a different kind of cut issue.

For 2008, the PGA Tour issued a new rule that says if the amount of players who make the 36 hole cut (top 70 and ties make the weekend at a Tour event) exceeds 78, those players get paid but don’t get to play the weekend. It then reverts to the next lowest score, and those players get to keep on going. For Example, this weekend at the Sony Open in Hawaii, because the top 70 and ties exceeded 78, the next lowest number, which was top 69 and ties, kept playing on the weekend. This created outrage among tour players. I’m going to write my opinion on the matter soon, but for now check out these articles on the topic:

ESPN.com’s Bob Harig explains the rationale about the rule.

ESPN.com’s Harig and Jared Sobel debate the merits of the rule plus other pressing issues on the PGA Tour.

The ESPN/Golf Digest staff also debate the merits of this new cut rule for 2008.

The Associated Press chimes in about the matter.

What does everyone else think about the rule?

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